Last time I was playing with my whitework embroidery sampler, I was beginning the cutwork motif. Here, I’ve got the pattern for you AND the incredible progress I’ve made on the cutwork motif! How exciting!
Well, I already feel bad about saying that – not a fib; rather an exaggerated jest: I have made very little progress on the cutwork motif. Still, every little bit counts, right?
Here’s the design for you, in case you ever want to use it for cutwork – or for any other kind of embroidery or craft usage, for that matter. You can click on it for a slightly larger image (and a larger file size!).
And, if you want, here’s a PDF version:
Cutwork Design for Hand Embroidery
You can size the pattern up or down if you want. If you size it up, it may take more time, but you could also work with heavier threads to cover more ground a little faster.
Here’s my progress on the cutwork design so far:
Oh. I know you’re impressed!
Actually, I was debating whether or not I should put progress photos up at all – it practically seems pointless! But, still, there it is!
I transferred the design using the tissue-paper-and-tacking-stitches method, which has worked well so far with this design.
There it is, up close. I was debating about whether or not I would go with fine bars. Sometimes, the attaching bars on cutwork are mere threads, you see… and that lends to a very delicate, lacy look – absolutely beautiful on fine white linen. But given that this fabric is a little coarser than normal (for most fine cutwork, that is), I decided to go with a heavier look on the bars and on the overcasting around the edges of the design.
I plan to get some photo tutorials up on cutwork eventually, once I make a little more progress on this piece.
Now, to step backwards a bit, remember the monogram I set up for the sampler? The plan on that seems to be taking a different direction in my head. Initially, I wanted to do some trailing (which is super-raised satin stitch, over a bunch of cords), but I’m thinking about another technique right now – something… something a bit odd. On the wide parts of the letter, what think you of a raised stem stitch? Or casalguidi? I was kind of thinking it might be fun to do something not-quite-as-typical-of-whitework, and with a bit of texture. Anyway, that idea’s ripening right now. We’ll see what it develops into… If I keep plugging away at the cutwork, it’ll have plenty of time to ripen, that’s certain!
Funny thing is, while I was working the bars in that tiny bit there, I had the sudden desire to finish up the Schwalm pomegranate right below the cutwork motif. If I had students bouncing around like this, I’d tell them to settle down, take a deep breath, and FOCUS! Physician, heal thyself!
I suppose the next time we come back to the whitework sampler, we’ll all be surprised at what transpired!
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